Subject: Trained for the Kingdom

Pilgrim Update
Dear Friends, Join us this Sunday as we bask in amazing Kingdom imagery, (Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52), celebrate the Baptisms of Nathan and Ian, and give a special blessing to 19 people who are going to El Salvador on a mission trip next week! 9:30 a.m. service! See you soon!
GATHERING OPPORTUNITIES
Prayer Ministry
Prayer time at the parsonage (4332 N Winchester) from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
 
*There will be no Prayer Time on the following dates: 
August 2nd-16th.
School Openings...
We still need a few good students! We are especially trying to fill seats in Kindergarten, 4th and 7th grades. If you know a family looking for a school, please refer them to Pilgrim.
Wrigleyville Summerfest
It’s summer in Chicago, which means two things on weekends - worship and street fests! Join Resurrection Lutheran Church (with Interim Pastor Bill Hutchison) as we present our 12th annual Wrigleyville Summerfest with great bands, great food, even better drinks, and the best Kid’s Zone around on Saturday, Aug 2 (noon-10pm) and Sunday, August 3 (noon-9pm)! Fest proceeds support the church and our preschool, the ELCA Metro Chicago Synod, Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, The Night Ministry, and Lakeview Pantry. You can also follow the Fest on twitter and Facebook. Cheers! 
PREPARE (GROWTH) OPPORTUNITIES
El Salvador Mission: Donation List
Our missions team leaves next week!! We are collecting money and donations for the medical mission of the  Lutheran Church of El Salvador. Several members of the Pilgrim community are going to El Salvador to deliver them in August of 2014. Please help us by donating:
¨ Used or New Computers for students in El Salvador
¨ Small shampoo and soaps from hotels
¨ Multi vitamins for children or adults
¨ New toothbrushes and toothpastes
¨ $5 for a Spanish Bible
¨ Donations of money for buying the most needed medicines for homeless people in El Salvador, Central America

And please pray for two young Salvadoran doctors (Paola and Alvaro) who will be working medical missions in El Salvador this summer. Thanks to your help, Paola and Alvaro can have medicine and supplies to give homeless children and resettling refugees this summer. For more information about the El Salvador Mission Trips, please contact Pastors Kristian and Anna-Kari Johnson, pastor4pilgrim@gmail.com and (773) 990-0814

Participate in Grace Unbound with Eric Law, Sept. 6
Eric Law, executive director of the Kaleidoscope Institute, Los Angeles, California, will lead Grace Unbound, exploring practices and processes that support sustainable and missional ministry on Saturday, September 6, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, 1100 E. 55th St., Chicago, IL 60615. The $15 registration includes lunch and materials and is supported by a Fund for Mission grant from the synod. Student rates are available. Register by Monday, August 25, 2014, by contacting the Rev. Paula Stecker at paula.stecker@live.com or 717-542-1270. The Rev. Eric Law is on a mission to create inclusive and sustainable congregations and communities. His goal is to transform the ministry of God’s people in the world by developing a dynamic, rejuvenating flow of spiritual, human, and economic resources.
Church Calendar
Here's what's happening this week at Pilgrim Church -  to go to the complete online calendar, click here

*Pastor Kristian will be out of the office July 28 - August 15. Barbara will be away from the church office July 30 - August 15. Thanks to Donna Heintz for covering the church office in our absences. The church office will be open T/W/Th 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. during those weeks.

July 24 Thursday
6:30 p.m. TOPS

July 26 Saturday
8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #1


July 27 Sunday
9:30 a.m. Worship Service/Baptisms
10:45 a.m. Coffee Hour

July 29 Tuesday
6:30 p.m. Worship Committee
7:30 p.m. Church Council

July 31 Thursday
6:30 p.m. TOPS

August 2 Saturday
(no prayer team today)
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #2


July 24, 2014
Giving a Gift to All of our Children Thank you to those who may have contributed to the Dave Maring School Endowment Fund. This Congregation has established this fund with a vision that when fully funded, income from the Fund is going to provide scholarship aid and seed money for new programs at Pilgrim. We currently have a matching grant challenge from a member of the congregation. We need to raise $25,000 and the donor will match it.  Please help if you can. Donations are being accepted via the Pilgrim webpage.
SENT TO SERVE
Ministry Opportunity
Everyone is invited to participate in a lay ministry group which is forming to provide visits to home-bound or hospitalized members of our congregation. Please prayerfully consider serving in this way. Please contact Judy Daniel or Claudia George for more information.
THANK YOU to everyone who has generously supported the “Celebrate Family” Fund to support the ministry of Ethiopian Pastor Lalissa Gemechis. Thank you to the 40+ that attended the benefit dinner on June 25th and the prayer breakfast on July 5th. Thanks to the generosity of Pilgrim Members, Pilgrim School Families, local businesses, and Thrivent Financial, we have now raised over $5300 towards the goal of $6000 to help him bring his wife and two children here from Ethiopia as he completes his Doctoral Studies at Concordia Seminary in Fort Wayne. We rejoice in this opportunity to fulfill the great command “to love our neighbor as ourselves.” To give online, go to: http://tiny.cc/5368gx
Rummage Sale at First Lutheran Church
3500 W Fullerton Avenue
Friday August 1 & Saturday, August 2, 10:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m.
There will be a large variety of items for sale, and you may also purchase lunch and home-baked goods. Call 773-342-1434 or 773-688-5374 for more information.

Advocates for ELCA Mission Work Needed
Does the work of ELCA in mission to the world appeal to you? Would you like to participate in contributing to their efforts? The Mission Gifts Team invites the members of the congregation to help by researching the ELCA Relief and Development projects and and submitting an application requesting Mission Gift funds for one or more of them. We would like a portion of the money currently available for Mission Gifts to go to an ELCA-sponsored mission, per the guidelines developed for the current Capital Campaign which concludes at the end of 2014.

Information about the current ELCA Relief and Development projects can be found at http://www.elca.org/Our-Work/Relief-and-Development. The projects include the following:
ELCA Malaria Campaign
    ELCA World Hunger
    HIV and AIDS Ministry
    Lutheran Disaster Response
    Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service
    Social Ministry Organizations

If one or more of these projects holds a special interest for you, and you would like submit an application requesting a Mission Gift on their behalf, please talk to one of the members of the Mission Gift Team: Anna-Kari Johnson, Joe Cardo, Tarah Dickerson, or Claudia George. The deadline for the next round of applications is September 19.

Hot Meals Ministry
Pilgrim provides a free home-cooked meal for the community every Saturday at 11:30 a.m. in our church fellowship hall (basement.) We welcome all to this meal. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Janet Taylor.
FUNDRAISING OPPORTUNITIES
Gift Cards
Be sure to pick up some gift cards if you are ordering or purchasing clothes and supplies for your children's and/or your return to school. We have Kohl's, Carson's, Macy's, LLBean. Lands End, Ross, TJMaxx/Marshall's, Sears, Target and other card available or immediate pickup. We are selling Sunday in the church foyer after the service and in the school office on Monday from 9-10 a.m. Please contact Anne Barsano at cbarsano@al.com or 773-472-6037 with questions or to place an order.
Magazine Drive: Our Magazine Drive will begin the first week in September, or you can go online and place your order, both new and renewal, at www.gaschoolstore.com anytime during the year. Our account # is: 2633014. Pilgrim receives 40% of your order.  
Amazon
Shop at AmazonSmile and Amazon will make a donation to Pilgrim Lutheran Church. http://smile.amazon.com/ch/36-2284295 Buy an Amazon gift card from Operation CIP to pay for your purchase on Amazon Smile and earn an additional 5% for Pilgrim.
Do you order on the Internet? Check out www.escrip.com
THIS SUNDAY
Our Prayer for Sunday
Beloved and sovereign God, through the death and resurrection of your Son you bring us into your kingdom of justice and mercy. By your Spirit, give us your wisdom, that we may treasure the life that comes from Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Sunday’s Readings
The first reading is 
Romans 8:26–39;
These words celebrate the depth of God’s actions for us. Through Christ’s death for us and the activity of the Spirit praying for us, we are fused to God’s love poured out in Jesus Christ. Nothing, not even death itself, is able to separate us from such incredible divine love.

The Gospel reading is Matthew 13:31–33, 44–52;
Throughout Matthew’s gospel, Jesus and his disciples proclaim the good news that “the kingdom of heaven is near!” Here, Jesus offers several brief parables that explore the implications of this announcement for people’s lives.
Pilgrim Lutheran Church and School

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Principal: Chris Comella comella.pilgrim@gmail.com
Administrative Secretary: Barbara Anthony churchoffice@pilgrimchurchandschool.org
Operations Manager: Ellen Twohig: office.pilgrim@gmail.com

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